PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

  • Wednesday, 12th May
  • Thursday, 13th May
  • Friday, 14th May
Wednesday. 12th May

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Optional off-site tour

03:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Registrations

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Welcome reception at Pullman International

07:00 pm onwards

Banana Bar - Pullman International
Thursday, 13th May
07:30 am - 05:30 pm
Registration
08:30 am - 08:45 am

Official Opening Ceremony

08:45 am - 10:00 am

Opening keynote address

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Consumer insights, marketing trends and brand strategy

10:15 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am -11:00 am
Morning Tea

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Banana Marketing

Tate Connolly, Marketing Manager Hort Innovation

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Tim Hunt, Rabobank, General Manager of the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division across Australia and New Zealand.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Q&A

Tate Connolly and Tim Hunt

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Banana Women’s Luncheon

12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

Lunch in the exhibition area

01:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Overcoming disease challenges/biosecurity lessons

Shane Templeton, Templeton Ginger

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Science Speed Talks

03:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Afternoon Tea and Science Poster session

03:45 pm - 05:15 pm

Future of Bananas and R&D

Session will cover; Exotic disease threats and diagnostics; Global banana research advances; Developments in varieties with disease resistance; Pre-commercial trials – Grower Panel; Commercialisation of New Varieties

05:15 pm - 05:30 pm

Panel discussion

05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Tradeshow Exhibition Evening

Friday, 14th May
08:30 am - 09:10 am

Value adding and ag technology/biologics

Jack Milbank, Bargara Brewing
Trent De Paoli, Austchilli Group

09:10 am - 09:20 am

Q&A

09:20 am - 09:50 am

Blueberry success story

Ridley Bell – Mountain Blue Blueberries

09:50 am - 10:00 am

Q&A

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Tea
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Succession Planning

Tony Catt – Catapult Wealth

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Robotics and automation

Andrew Bate – Swarm Farms

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grower Innovation Panel – Learn from four banana growers trialling innovative farming practices

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Grower Innovation – Discussion Panel

12:30 pm - 02:10 pm

Lunch and Trade Show – Exhibition area

02:10 pm - 03:10 pm

Mental Health Mary O’Brien

03:10 pm - 03:20 pm

Q&A

Mary O’Brien

03:20 pm - 03:50 pm

Final speaker – TBA

03:50 pm - 04:00 pm

Closing ceremony

07:00 pm - late

Banana Industry Ball and Awards of Honour

Special guest Matt Wright